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Started at first. then died. sounds like it wants to start

Customer Question

started at first. then died. sounds like it wants to start but wont
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: new battery,cleanconnections
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 1997 intrepid 3.5
JA: Are you fixing your Intrepid yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: dont know what to look for
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: has P1047 code
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 months ago.

Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

Expert:  Amedee replied 4 months ago.

I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

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Does the engine crank over and not start or does it not crank over at all?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Cranks over and sounds like it wants to start
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 months ago.

Ok, does it have spark when cranking?

If so, does it run on starting fluid?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Has spark...starting fluid does not work
Expert:  Amedee replied 4 months ago.

If the engine has spark but does not run on starting fluid, it is either flooded or out of time.

Have you checked engine compression?

The timing belt could have simply just broke.